1,001 human domino collapse sets new world record

Human dominoes 
By: Sarah Weiss 

(Scroll down for video) We all try at some point to create a domino collapse chain reaction, but how about a human domino chain reaction collapse.

Volunteers in Shanghai, China, over the weekend found themselves landing on softer ground.

Last Saturday, 1,001 volunteers gathered in Shanghai in an unused section of a shopping center in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "human dominoes mattress." The idea was that people and the mattresses will fall on top of each other like, well, dominoes.

Event Rules were simple: each participant must touch the person behind them and it had to be a straight chain of falling mattresses.

Exercising a radio with one hand and grabbing the vertical mattress with the other, the first participant called out before leaning back on the mattress of the other volunteer.

He sparked a wave of mattresses falling one after the other, which took about 10 minutes to complete. The crowd erupted in applause for the participants as the last volunteer collapsed with his mattress, officially crushing the previous record held by La Quinta Inns & Suites in the United States, which in February of this year moved 850 of its employees to New Orleans to break the world record.

All participants in Shanghai this weekend were given $6.30, a souvenir T-shirt and a certificate of participation.

"We needed good teamwork," said one volunteer. "All participants from the first to last, acted as an individual person, that is dominoes," he said.

"Our volunteers were very brave. Nobody dodged when the 2 meter or 6.56 foot mattress fell on them," he said.